Emotional, Behavioral & Relational


Diagnoses We See

Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care helps students overcome their emotional, behavioral, or relational challenges by creating the right neural pathways. We serve students with various diagnoses including:


  • High-Functioning Autism

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorders

  • Social and Relational Challenges

  • Behavioral Challenges

  • Specific Learning Differences

  • Lack of Self-Regulation Ability

  • Mood Disorders

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Why Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Works

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care uniquely addresses the core issues of the emotionally, behaviorally, or relationally challenged child. Patterns typically seen are indicative of under or over communication in the areas of the Limbic System (Insular Cortex, Cingulate Gyrus) where self-regulation, fight or flight response, and regulation of the body’s homeostasis are located. Often these areas are struggling to communicate with the Frontal Association Cortex, the part of the brain responsible for making inference of other people’s social cues, modulation of affect, empathy, consequences of actions, and planning of goal directed behavior.


How The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Is Implemented

Each student receives a comprehensive evaluation around his or her neurodevelopment, physiological health, learning style, and emotional, behavioral, relational balance. The evaluation includes a global neurodevelopmental assessment unique to Jacob's Ladder of over 300 indicators, a comprehensive academic assessment, a nutritional consultation, and a QEEG brain map to determine specific regions of the brain that are struggling to communicate. 


Based on the evaluation, each student receives a model of care tailored to his or her academic and therapeutic needs in order to develop the right neural pathways and reach their full potential.

Environments Built For Students With Emotional, Behavioral & Relational Challenges 


The Hope School

Students primarily having emotional, behavioral, or relational challenges will attend The Hope School environment. Their individualized model of care is implemented daily in a classroom culture that embraces our core values:


  • Hope: To embrace the possibility within ourselves and others

  • Truth: To talk about and accept our own and others’ strengths and weakness in an open, productive, kind and fair manner

  • Love: To treat ourselves and others with respect and maintain physical and emotional safety for everyone


In addition to academics, we will help students learn essential emotional and behavioral skills including:


  • Self-regulation

  • Self-referencing

  • Distress tolerance

  • Mindfulness skills

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Relationship building skills

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We See Real Results

Each day, we see students overcome emotional, behavioral, and relational challenges. They begin to make tremendous academic, functional, and neurodevelopmental gains. Their lives change at home and at school in powerful ways.